To many, the sounds of Jazz are just that—sounds. The intermingling of instruments, with their syncopated rhythms and unpredictable melodies, can seem like gibberish to those who haven’t played or studied jazz. This class will investigate the cultural, historical and personal stories of the jazz movement. You might even be tapping your feet on your way out the door. $5 for Walker Art Center members. 2–3 p.m. Lecture Room, Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 612.375.7600; members.walkerart.org.
Arts & Performance
Nothing’s better than those big, beautiful, rainbow-catching spheres of wonder: bubbles. “Bubbleologist” Geoff Akins goes beyond the classic shape, creating fantastical phenomenons like a bubble volcano, bubble merry-go-round and even a dancing bubble. This is one event all ages can enjoy, and it’s the perfect way to celebrate National Bubbles Week. Free. 1–2 p.m.
The East Metro Symphony Orchestra (EMSO), in collaboration with the Center for Irish Music (CIM), is delighted to present Aisling Gheal (Irish Gaelic for “Bright Vision”), a unique joint concert exploring the intersections between traditional Irish music and the classical orchestra music it inspired, Sunday, March 8th at 3 p.m.
You’d recognize the crazy, horizontal, red-haired braids anywhere, but how much do you really know about Pippi? No matter what your relationship with this goofy girl is, the Merrill Community Arts Center is glad to make the introduction, solidify the friendship or welcome the reunion. The Black Box Theatre invites actors to engage the audience in a unique way. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the door. $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students.
“Quality theater” and “Stephen Sondheim” are practically synonyms, and East Ridge High School plans to tackle one of his most famous works, Into the Woods. In order to put their spin on the classic story, cast and crew will create a “steampunk”, industrialized set that brings the contrast between romanticism and industrialization to the forefront of the play. $10 adults, $8 students and seniors. Times vary by day; check website for details.
Kiln Kreations, a locally owned business in Woodbury, Minnesota, is proud to announce the opening of Kandle Kreations at their Woodbury Studio. The owners of Kiln Kreations have noticed a renewed interest in candles lately and have decided to expand the candle concept by offering personalized candles at their studios.
Thanks to a new partnership between the Metropolitan Library Services Agency (MELSA) and 3M Library Systems, users of the 100 metro public libraries in the seven-country metro now have free and fast access to thousands of additional eBooks.
To celebrate there will be a demonstration open to the public at the George Latimer Central Library in downtown St. Paul at 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 4 and pop-up stands providing more information at Park and Rides and Farmers’ Markets.